Development of an interactive mathematics learning system based on a two-tier test diagnostic and guiding strategy

  • Tzu-Chi Yang Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Central University
  • Hseng-Tz Fu Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Central University
  • Gwo-Jen Hwang Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei, 106, Taiwan
  • Stephen J. H. Yang Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Central University
Keywords: mathematics learning, learning diagnosis, two-tier test, web-based learning environments

Abstract

Mathematical skills have been recognised as a core competence for engineering and science students. However, learning mathematics has been recognised as a difficult and challenging task for most students, in particular, calculus for first-year students in university. Consequently, the development of effective learning strategies and environments for mathematics courses has become an important issue. To this end, a mathematics learning system based on an instant diagnostic and guiding strategy is proposed to enhance students’ calculus learning outcomes. Moreover, an experiment has been conducted in a university calculus course to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed method. The experimental results show that the proposed approach not only improved the students’ learning performance, but also improved their confidence in learning calculus. Further findings are also discussed.

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Author Biography

Gwo-Jen Hwang, Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei, 106, Taiwan

Dr. Gwo-Jen Hwang is currently a Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 1991. Dr Hwang has many academic research and administration experiences. In addition, he serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 30 academic journals. His research interests include web-based learning, mobile and ubiquitous learning, computer-assisted testing, artificial intelligence in education. Owing to his distinguished achievements in mobile and ubiquitous learning studies, in 2007, Dr. Hwang was elected as the Chair of the Special Interest Group of Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning in the Information Technology Education Division of the National Science Council in Taiwan. He has been serving the position since then.

Dr. Hwang has published nearly 400 academic papers, including 150 papers in such professional journals as British Journal of Educational Technology, Computers & Education, Educational Technology & Society, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, Interactive Learning Environment, and Computer-Assisted Learning among others. Owing to the good reputation in academic research and innovative inventions in e-learning, he received the annual most Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Science Council in the years of 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Published
2017-04-17
How to Cite
Yang, T.-C., Fu, H.-T., Hwang, G.-J., & Yang, S. J. H. (2017). Development of an interactive mathematics learning system based on a two-tier test diagnostic and guiding strategy. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 33(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2154
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